A pair of Irish nuns were arrested for violating coronavirus pandemic restrictions to attend an exorcism for Ireland’s leaders, according to a report.
Sister Irene Gibson and Sister Anne Marie traveled across the Emerald Isle to eliminate the alleged evil spirits of the President of Ireland and the nation’s top lawmakers, according to the Irish Examiner.
But their habits circumvented lockdown measures, which prohibited residents from traveling more than three miles from their home, the newspaper reported.
The December 8 exorcism expedition from Cork to Dublin was about 135 miles.
The release of the Dáil Éireann, a body of the Irish legislature, was followed by an open-air mass attended by about 70 people. Under Ireland’s lockdown rules, no more than 15 people were allowed to gather outside at that time.
A video of the exorcism shows Father Giacomo Ballini, of the dissident group The Society of Resistance of Saint Pio, sprinkling holy water on an Irish government building while praying for Satan to “leave this place.”
The sisters, from the Carmelite Sisters of the Holy Face of Jesus, had previously been convicted of violating planning rules when organizing a religious retreat, according to the examiner.
They were reportedly ordered to leave their compound through the breach.
But the nuns won’t stay on the run: A GoFundMe site to aid relocation had raised nearly $ 100,000 by Monday afternoon.
Both the priest, who preaches from a farm in County Cork, and the Carmelite Sisters of the Holy Face of Jesus, operate independently of the Catholic Church, the newspaper reports.